Join Senator Jay Costa for a Discussion on Teen Suicide Awareness and Prevention

Please join Senator Jay Costa, state and national teen suicide prevention organizations and medical and educational professionals for a discussion on teen suicide awareness and prevention. The event will be held on May 25th at 6 pm.

Teens and young adults, now more than ever have the I world as their audience via social media. This creates a space where they broadcast their lives in real time. Unfortunately some are starting to use those forums to broadcast disturbing and harmful acts, including suicide, as reported by many national news outlets.

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Costa: Local Community Revitalization Efforts Bolstered by State Grant Funds

Harrisburg, May 18, 2017 — Two local organizations focused on community revitalization will share $375,000 in state grant funds to further their efforts, State Senator Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) announced today.

“We’re so fortunate to have organizations in our communities continually working to make the lives of those around them better and our neighborhoods safer,” Costa said.

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Costa Legislation Will Protect Kids from School Lunch Shaming

Harrisburg – May 10, 2017 – Concerned at reported mistreatment of children with low balances on school lunch accounts, State Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) today introduced legislation that would prohibit “lunch shaming” by school administrators and staff.

“These reports of schools consciously making the choice to bully children whose families are struggling to pay for school lunches is disturbing,” Costa said. “When did it become ok for children to be publicly shamed for something over which they have no control? We need to be supporting these families and providing assistance, not shaming their children.”

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Costa: Environmental Education Grants Awarded to Benefit Students

Harrisburg, April 21, 2017 — Efforts to educate local students about environmental issues will be bolstered by more than $50,000 in state Environmental Education Grant funding, Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) announced today.

“There is nothing more important than providing our children with a solid education focused on science and the environment,” Costa said. “Investments in our schools, our children and their education pay dividends far beyond the classroom. The opportunities provided to our students through these grants further our commitment to STEAM-based education – focused on science, technology, engineering, art and math.

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Costa Drives Housing Grant Funding to Local Communities

Homewood and Hazelwood to receive significant investments

Harrisburg, April 13, 2017 — Three Pittsburgh communities will share $300,000 in state grant funds awarded through Pennsylvania’s Housing Affordability Rehabilitation and Enhancement Act (PHARE), also known as Pa’s housing trust fund, state Senator Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) announced today.

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Senator Jay Costa’s Electric Choice Forum

Learn about the Pennsylvania Utility Commission and how to shop for electricity through PA Power Switch.

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Senator Jay Costa and Lt. Gov. Mike Stack Host Pathway to Pardons

Learn about the pardons process and other processes that could allow you to keep a record of a non-violent crime from getting in the way of your ability to get a job or take advantage of other opportunities.

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Campaign Finance Reform

This much-needed reform measure is aimed to protect the integrity of our state government and maintain the balance of influence in the election of public officials by establishing campaign contribution limits in Pennsylvania.

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Property Tax Reform

Our new property tax plan would eliminate school property taxes for 2 million homeowners, reduce property taxes by $1,990 for another 1.2 million homesteads and provide a $500 rent rebate for more than 800,000 Pennsylvanians.

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Surprise Balance-Billing

With some 45 million Americans behind on medical bills, and half of all bankruptcies caused by them, patients should not risk being saddled with bills for services they reasonably understood would be covered by their health insurance.

Pennsylvania Legislative Arts and Culture Caucus

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The Pennsylvania Arts and Culture Caucus, a bi-cameral, bi-partisan caucus, was established in October 2012 with the purpose of providing caucus members access to the latest research, education and policy developments on arts and culture.  Additionally we support caucus members in their efforts to draft and pass legislation that advances arts, culture, and tourism in the Commonwealth.

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